Smart Sweet: Almond Butter Chocolate Fudge

By: Erica Trestyn

I was inspired to create this recipe when I needed to find a “healthy sweet treat”. I find it is better to create healthy alternatives of the foods you love most, rather than giving them up completely. I love this recipe because not only does it satisfy my craving for sweets, but with the cacao powder and almond butter you are able to get an anti-oxidant and protein fix, plus no added sugar makes it a perfect dessert. Since it is quite rich you will only need a small amount and can keep that overeating at bay.

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  • 2 cups (500 g) almond butter
  • ¼ cup (25 g) cacao powder
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup (Maple syrup is heated so it is not considered completely raw)
  • 1 heaping tsp coconut oil (heaping)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: ½ cup 80% or more dark chocolate, melted with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to drizzle on top


  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
  2. Spoon mixture into a square baking pan, lined with parchment paper or plastic and flatten well.
  3. Place the pan in the freezer and chill for an hour.
  4.  Take the fudge out of freezer and flip out of pan. Cut into squares.
  5. Place the squares on top of plastic or parchment paper. Optional: Drizzle with the melted chocolate.
  6. Sprinkle with a little sea salt if desired.
  7. Place back in the freezer to cool before serving. Store in the freezer in an airtight container.

Prep time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Servings: 16-20

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories200
  • Fat15g
  • Saturated Fat1.5g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium60mg
  • Carbohydrates13g
  • Fiber3g
  • Sugars7g
  • Protein 6g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Erica Trestyn

Erica Trestyn, MA, HHC is the founder of Cultivate Nourishment LLC. Erica received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and as a certified holistic health counselor she empowers her clients to transform their lives through healthy eating and mindful living. She knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle with always wanting to be a different size and has felt the pain and frustration of living a morbidly obese life. She believes that diets don’t work and that true health is achieved when we create complete harmony with the mind, body, and spirit. She strives to empower others to nourish themselves from the inside out. Visit her website and follow her on twitter @EricaTrestyn.

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